Chicago White Sox Morning BP (4/5): Adam Eaton is fun for baseball


Apr 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder

Adam Eaton

(1) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Chicago White Sox have started off their season playing better than I thought they would offensively, and worse than I thought, they would be on the mound.

Looking at some of the other news on the White Sox from Friday and headed into today’s game, there was an article on White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton on the Sun-Times website about how he “relishes his role as White Sox energizer.”

The article by Daryl Van Schouwen quotes Eaton when speaking about his style of play:

"“I feel like I’ve gotten a lot of grief for that, which I think is quite ridiculous,’’ Eaton said. “You get static if you don’t play hard, and when you do play hard, you get static.’’"

I wish I could agree with this twice. In fact I am, because who doesn’t like watching a player like Eaton play his hustle style of baseball on a daily basis?

(Except for sliding head-first into first base … I’ve never been a fan of that at any level.)

Known as “Spanky,” Eaton’s nickname fits his style of play to a tee. I kept track of Eaton last season before his injury for fantasy baseball purposes, as I had him on my bench because I thought he had potential last season to be a special player.

When the White Sox traded for him this offseason, I was pleased for a couple of reasons, one being I felt they got a very good player potentially, and secondly I knew what he brought to the table with his style of play. It has been refreshing to see a player with that style on this team once again.

Hawk Harrelson mentioned during one of the games against Minnesota that Eaton reminded him of Aaron Rowand out in centerfield, and after thinking about it, Hawk, I believe, was correct in that statement.

Rowand is one of my all-time favorite White Sox players, and if Eaton can replicate the work ethic that Rowand brought to this franchise when he wore a White Sox jersey, then Eaton will become a special player in White Sox lore.

– In other White Sox news:

• Here is an article from CSN Chicago on the “more pitching woes” of the White Sox.

• FanSided’s Da Windy City has an article about one of the “worst trades from the offseason” involving the White Sox.

CBS Sports wrote that Gordon Beckham is likely out for entire six-game road trip. He didn’t play in Friday’s rehab start.

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